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 📣  Urgent MLK 2020 Parking Garage Update  📣:

Thank you for your support as we are SOLD OUT for this event with over 700 tickets purchased! 

Please arrive early (we start promptly at 8AM)  to ensure a smooth parking experience.   The Harbor Court Garage is the overflow garage that is closest to the Renaissance Hotel! 

Please be aware that because of clearance, SUVs ARE PROHIBITED IN THE HARBOR COURT GARAGE, and should seek parking elsewhere. Please view the map below!


James S. Bibbs Named Chairman of the Urban League of Hampton Roads

Norfolk – James S. Bibbs is the incoming chairman of the board for the Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. (ULHR), following a vote earlier this month by the organization’s board of directors.

“It is a privilege to serve such an important, regional organization,” Bibbs said. “The goal is to empower people through education, economic opportunity, civil engagement, equal justice and to improve the overall quality of life. It is our job to set courses and processes that allow these things to happen and then make them sustainable.”

Bibbs is the chief human resources officer for the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and is a member of the port’s Senior Leadership Team. He is responsible for development and implementation of human resource needs and plans throughout the VPA and its subsidiary companies, Virginia International Terminals LLC and Hampton Roads Chassis Pool II. A large part of his effort focuses on developing and transforming colleagues across the enterprise into a competitive advantage and ensuring the overall quality of the company’s workplace.

The mission of ULHR is to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The ULHR implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization and collaboration throughout communities.

Bibbs said his three-plus years on ULHR’s board has helped him learn how the organization operates.

“I enjoy encouraging and coaching those facing challenges in order to help them achieve their goals,” Bibbs said. “The ongoing goal is to establish and expand the right programs and processes to position people for success. This leads to a sustainable future for the organization and the people it serves.”

Bibbs has built his career in human resources having working in the field for Quintiles, Citigroup, Sanofi Aventis, Johnson and Johnson and Maersk Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

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History of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. Book Published


On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Urban League of Hampton Roads will host a book signing and reception to celebrate the publication of “The History of the Urban League of Hampton Roads” written by Dr. Curtis T. Langley, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University. In the book, Mrs. Marquita B. Johnson states, “Dr. Curtis T. Langley’s work offers more than a chronology of strife, trial and challenge….he has captured the progression and ‘song’ of those who gathered, organized and inspired men and women of Hampton Roads Virginia and nationally.”

Dr. Langley specialized in methodology, race and ethnic relations, urban affairs and social disorganization. Much of his research has focused on the issues related to the quality of life, youth crimes, equity and sensitivity, and race related issues of minorities in the Hampton Roads Region. It was because of Dr. Langley’s extensive background that Edith White, President/CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads asked Dr. Langley to write the history.

Ms. White states, “Our goal was to document the rich history of the Urban League of Hampton Roads and to acknowledge all of the individuals who helped establish this Urban League affiliate and the many persons who served as board members, volunteers, supporters and staff that ensured the organization thrived in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in the community.”

For more than 36 years, the Urban League has provided over 20 programs focused on enhancing educational outcomes, providing job training, improving the quality of health and assisting individuals in building wealth though savings and homeownership. The Urban League corporate office is located in Virginia Beach and services are also provided from satellite offices in Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth. Annually the Urban League serves 12,000 individuals and families.

To learn more about the Urban League, visit www.ulhr.org or call (757) 627-0864. You can support the Urban League by becoming a member, volunteering or making a contribution. 



The Urban League is of Hampton Roads is an affiliate of the National Urban League founded in 1910 in New York and is part of an affiliate network of over 95 offices in communities across the United States. More than 2.5 million people are served by the Urban League Movement.

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